Evanston Director of Administrative Services Joellen Earl has announced plans to leave the City of Evanston and start her own company, which will focus on local government staffing solutions.

Earl step down from her director’s post on July 1 and work on a modified schedule in the city manager’s office through Sept. 30.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons will serve as interim director of administrative services beginning July 5 while the city recruits Earl’s replacement.

“Joellen Earl has brought to the City of Evanston great expertise in the area of human resources and labor relations and provided important leadership as the city merged its finance, human resources, information technology and parking operations into one department,” City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said in a news release.

“Evanston has benefited from Joellen’s experience as a local government manager and we wish her well as she launches her new company,” he added

Earl is leaving Evanston to become President of GovTemps USA, a new public sector staffing firm, specializing in placing professionals in local government positions on a temporary basis.

“I am pleased that Joellen will continue on a part-time basis through the Summer to assist with FY 2012 budget preparation and that Marty Lyons has once again agreed to take on a temporary department director assignment,” Bobkiewicz said.

In announcing Earl’s departure, City Manager Bobkiewicz also announced his intention to reconfigure the Director of Administrative Services position by changing the position title to chief financial officer and adding the responsibilities of city treasurer to the position, currently held by Lyons.

The position will still remain the department director of the Department of Administrative Services, but will have the additional focus of being the city’s senior financial executive.

Earl has worked for Evanston since 2007 when she became director of human resources. She became director of administrative services in 2010. Previously she was assistant county manager in Catawba County, North Carolina, for three and half years and served in assistant manager positions in several local governments in Massachusetts for seventeen years.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Is this the beginning of a trend?

    Is there a trend developing here? Laid-off government workers going back to work for government as independent contractors, without the generous public-sector benefits?

  2. Hiring Freeze at the city?

    While I can understand the need to refill the directors position.  Why aren't we using a company like

    GovTemps USA to fill firefigther positions with contractors rather than hiring full time positions?

    ( the fire department should be 10 to 20 percent contractors )

    Also all positions should be evaluate as to the need for a full time employee versus temporary, as employees leave or retire, contractors should replacement the positions  if can be filled with a contractor or part time employee.

    Wally did not do the city any favors by hiring all full time employees to fill 311, The entire group should have been 90% contractors.

    The city must control cost better, the economy is not improving enough, the assumption the city is projecting about revenue growth are not realistic, we will be in a new budget hole even with the proposed cuts.

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